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Monthly Archives: March 2007

Indemnity clause covering personal injury is OK (access required)

Virginia has a public policy against a waiver of liability for a personal injury claim. But an indemnity clause in a contract, making one party liable for a claim against the other, is OK. The Supreme Court of Virginia reached ...

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Judge can't levy monetary sanctions against lawyers (access required)

A court’s inherent authority to supervise the conduct of attorneys does not extend to awarding attorneys’ fees and costs as a sanction, the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled earlier this month. Virginia Beach Circuit Judge Designate J. Warren Stephens awarded ...

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Recanted testimony not enough for ?innocence' (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled that recantation of testimony by key witnesses was not enough for two inmates to prove their innocence. The cases, Carpitcher v. Commonwealth (VLW 007-6-042) and Johnson v. Common-wealth (VLW 007-6-028), were the Supreme ...

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Loss in Supreme Court won't bar attorneys' fee award (access required)

No one could have anticipated a used 1997 Chevy Blazer would rack up this much judicial mileage, but the SUV’s legal journey just might be over. First filed in 2000, Bradley Nigh’s Truth in Lending Act suit against Koons Buick ...

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Governor says roads bill changes won't be a surprise (access required)

(AP) Gov. Timothy M. Kaine can’t be sure yet of everything his finished batch of amendments to the state transportation package will include, but “it’s not going to be a big surprise” to legislators, he said last Tuesday. Kaine’s comments ...

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State examiner OKs 1st wind farm in Virginia (access required)

ROANOKE (AP) A state hearing examiner has recommended construction of the first utility-grade wind farm in Virginia, provided it meets conditions to minimize harm to the environment. The recommendation announced March 1 goes to the State Corporation Commission, which will ...

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The Weekly Recap (access required)

Editor’s Note: The following selected stories appeared in the VLW Daily E-Mail Alert and as featured daily news links on the VLW Web site, www.valawyersweekly.com, from March 2 to March 8. The originating source of a story is indicated after ...

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Staff ?problems' that may steer your office off course (access required)

Clients often ask me what staff problems would make my “High Voltage – Beware the Dangers” list. That’s a tough question to answer generically, but here’s a top 10 list: * Adults whose office behavior is straight out of high ...

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Want to solve the ?problem employee' problem? Declare war (access required)

Problem: The same problem that it’s always been: your problem employee. All of you reading this know whom I’m talking about. The problem employee is the one employee that eats up your time. One day you’re hand-holding him through a ...

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Want to go green at your firm? Here's how (access required)

Most people are familiar with the universal recycling logo, which contains three arrows in a circle. But you may not know that the arrows represent three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle. It’s important to keep all three in mind as ...

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